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, and nixon, forced to resign. obama will be just the 14th 14th president to serve eight years when he gets through his second term. but it's the second term curse. would we be sitting here talking in this way about kennedy if he had had a second term? ... i think kennedy would have struggled too in a second term. this is all sheer speculation but kennedy of course comes down to us now as it's an open book. you can write anything onto it you want because he was killed at the age of six, only 1000 days in the white house. he had a sense of the ironic. he would have seen the irony in the fact that his early death gave him this enduring hold on the public and it is fascinating to me because when kennedy was assassinated a popular president elected to a second term, 50 years after his death hardly anyone remembered who he was but here we are a couple weeks away from kennedy's 50th anniversary and i'm telling you i am inundated with requests from poland, from russia, from switzerland, from sweden, from denmark, american journalists and my dear departed mother used to say it's a case of crying wi
and barack obama have attempted to draft behind the kennedy image in the kennedy legacy. >> host: that's great. i think we are out of time. thanks for talking. it's always fun to talk about the kennedys. >> guest: it's been my pleasure. thank you very much. next on booktv encore booknotes. the late peter jennings discussed his book "the century" co-authored by todd brewster. the book uses color photography and the stories of ordinary people to describe the past 100 years. this is about an hour. c-span: peter jennings, author of--or i should say co-author of "the century"... >> guest: emphasis on 'co.' c-span: ...with todd brewster. you--you ask us in the beginning to read this like a novel. why? >> guest: well, i suppose what we really want to do at the beginning is emphasize this is a journalist's history, this is a journalist's work, not an historian's work. todd and i like to say no historian in their right mind would take on 100 years in 600 pages, if the period at all. i think because we want you to pick it up and read it anywhere. i don't want you to think of it as encyclopedic.
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